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Old 06-20-2014, 12:21 AM
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Dying starter?

So I'm curious. Typically I've seen a dead starter or a working starter. Never one dying?

Turn the key you'll hear the try but it's strange like there's a hesitation between the starter contacting the flywheel to turn it. Or it'll partially turn (flywheel) wait ... And then turn over.

It's a simple fix if it is- any recommendations where to get one? If autozone is a bad idea or it doesn't matter as long as it's new?

I've just started parking on hills now so I can roll forward if need be. But I start a new job Monday and wanna nip this in the bud.

Also good evening night/day peoples

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Old 06-20-2014, 12:28 AM   #2
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Have you checked your battery voltage. As well as alternator running to rule out low power?

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Old 06-20-2014, 03:16 AM   #3
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I've had this happen to an old Chevy truck I built. Make sure all connections to battery and starter are tight and clean. Then make sure your battery is good.

As a starter goes bad, it can not push the starter gear out as hard as its supposed to. It can take longer than usual to engage if the teeth aren't perfectly aligned with the flywheel. This is probably the pause you are experiencing. If your battery is good and connections are clean it sounds like dying starter.

When my truck got bad you would have to rock the key back and forth several times until the teeth lined up and the starter engaged.
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It's definitely a bit easier to check the battery and alternator first, then if those check out alright, then yeah, you've got a dying starter
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:55 AM   #5
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Sounds like a problem my friend's sailboat used to have. His batteries weren't charged enough to supply enough amperage to turn the diesel over. As a result, it would either not do anything, or it would partially turn, like you said.

As the others have suggested, check the battery voltage if you haven't already.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:17 AM
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Awesome, you guys are right better to rule out everything else before throwin some money at problem. Hopefully I can get to work and back today no problems.

Keep y'all posted
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:07 AM   #7
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Also make sure your battery post terminals are shiny clean, pick up a battery brush at the auto parts store if you do not have any. Its amazing what lead oxide can to to the battery's ability to supply proper voltage and current to the started and generally its due to a dirty battery terminal. A quick cleaning with the wire bruch and most times the vehicle will start right up.
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:07 PM
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Just did the test - the voltage regulator in the alt. failed 1x and passed 2x. Me and buddy coming to the conclusion that the terminals might be bad.

The battery is pushin charge at 73% . Went ahead and bought another alternator and waiting for his gf to get back so we can test the start up on another batter to see what happens

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